A set of strict measures have been implemented in Funadhoo island in Shaviyani atoll following caution by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) that the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic will surge within the next two weeks.
Funadhoo Council revealed that the measures are in place from Wednesday onward and that they were implemented after the authority urged caution as a Covid-19 surge is expected within the next two weeks.
In this regard, island residents have been banned from going out between 4pm to 11pm unless for essential needs and supplies, the measure will also be in effect from 11pm to 6am.
Residents will only be allowed to go out for essential supplies if they have the required permit to do so.
The permit may be acquired through the police stationed on the island by contacting 9792237.
Residents have also been urged to use face masks, avoid gatherings and going out in groups, these measures will be effective until further notice.
While shopping, residents have been urged to follow the social distancing policy and shops are to only allow two customers in at once.
Other measures include banning departure from the island and travel to other islands.
This comes at a time authorities have banned travel between inhabited islands following the surge in Covid-19 cases since the first community transmission was confirmed on April 15, and owing to the State of Public Health Emergency declared across the island nation, to remain in effect until May 30.